April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton wants to use the occasion to rid his city of what he considers to be one of the most dangerous driving distraction, texting.

Right now there are 40 cities in Texas that ban texting while driving, and Chief Blanton hopes to make Port Arthur the first to do so in our area.

Chief Blanton plans to ask the city council on April 28th to pass an ordinance banning the practice.

Blanton told 12News, "There are way too many accidents that involve texting while driving."

Many people we spoke to in Port Arthur Friday support the chief's proposal.

One lawyer, however, told us it could be hard to prove since he says a driver could easily have stopped texting by the time an officer pulls him or her over.

But supporters of the ban believe it still will make plenty of people think twice.

Chief Blanton says the state could beat him to the punch, since legislators are considering a statewide ban on texting while driving.